A Guide to the Colours of Ostrava Festival, Czechia

This blog post features links and information which have been obtained on a press trip. However, as always, all opinions shared in this post are my own.

Colours of Ostrava is the largest international music festival in the Czech Republic. This four-day festival takes place annually and dates back to 2002.

The Colours of Ostrava festival currently takes place at Dolní Vítkovice. This area used to be a mine and ironworks, providing a unique backdrop for an equally unique festival.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tickets to the Colours of Ostrava festival provide fantastic value for money.
  • This is more than just a music festival. There are stages for theatre, film, and visual arts too.
  • You can camp at the Colours of Ostrava festival. However, getting from Ostrava city centre to the festival is cheap, quick and easy.

Is Colours of Ostrava the Best Value for Money Festival in Europe?

There are two types of tickets to Colours of Ostrava:

  1. General Admission for €140
  2. VIP for €479

General admission tickets to Colours of Ostrava get you the following:

  • Entry into the festival for all four days
  • Entry into Meltingpot

Meanwhile, VIP tickets to Colours of Ostrava also include:

  • Separate festival entrance
  • VIP covered area near the main stage
  • Special drinks menu with cocktails and wine.
  • Access to a private cloakroom
  • Comfortable toilets
  • Phone charging stations

I had VIP tickets to Colours of Ostrava and was grateful for the VIP-covered area when it rained. Plus, the comfortable, much cleaner toilets (especially by day 4) were definitely a plus.

I say Colours of Ostrava is one of (if not the best value) festivals in Europe. Where else could you get a four-day festival ticket with incredible artists for €140? For reference, a two-day ticket to Lollapalooza Berlin costs €199. Meanwhile, a three-day ticket to Sziget Festival also costs €199.

The Incredible Colours of Ostrava Lineup

I know what you’re thinking. With such fantastic prices, there’s no way the lineup can be any good. Well, that’s where you’re wrong (sorry!).

The lineup for Colours of Ostrava 2024 currently includes:

  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Sam Smith
  • Lenny Kravitz
  • James Blake
  • Sean Paul
  • Zara Larsson
  • Bat for Lashes

Meanwhile, previous Colours of Ostrava lineups have included:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Wim Hof
  • The Killers
  • Twenty-One Pilots
  • Macklemore
  • One Republic
  • Florence And The Machine
  • The Cure
  • Rag n Bone Man

To Camp or Not to Camp at Colours of Ostrava

One of the biggest selling points to Colours of Ostrava is that you don’t have to camp if you don’t want to. There are three camping sites available for Colours of Ostrava:

  1. Camp Slezskoostravský hard
  2. Chill Village
  3. Tent Inn Village

Camp Slezskoostravský hard is the main campsite offering spaces for tents and caravans. In 2023, the price list was as follows;

  • 3x3m space for a tent: €22
  • Camping ticket: €20
  • 9x3m for parking a caravan:

Prices for 2024 have yet to be released.

I’m in my 30s now, and my back isn’t what it was, so I opted to stay at a hotel instead. What’s great about the Colours of Ostrava is that staying at a hotel in the city isn’t difficult.

Instead, getting from the festival grounds into Ostrava takes under 10 minutes. There’s no shuttle bus, but you can get an Uber or Bolt for under €10. From standing outside the main stage to my hotel bed, it took no more than 35 minutes. Again? Tell me what other festival makes things that easy!


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